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Kittel wins 2nd successive Giro stage to take overall lead

Marcel Kittel

German cyclist Marcel Kittel of Team Giant-Shimano jubilates as he wins on the fourth and final stage of the Dubai Tour in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Marwan Naamani, Pool)


ARNHEM, Netherlands -- Another superb performance from Marcel Kittel saw the German cyclist claim a second successive sprint victory at the Giro d’Italia and replace Tom Dumoulin as the overall leader after the third stage on Sunday.

Set up perfectly by his Etixx-QuickStep teammates, Kittel opened his sprint 200 meters out and crossed the line several bike lengths ahead of Elia Viviani of Italy.

Another Italian cyclist, Giacomo Nizzolo, was third on the 190-kilometer (118-mile) route from Nijmegen to Arnhem.

The bonus seconds Kittel earned for the stage win moved him nine seconds ahead of Dumoulin. It is 10 years since a German wore the leader’s pink jersey.

Andrey Amador moved into third, 15 seconds behind Kittel.

Monday is a rest day as the Giro returns to Italy.